Friday, July 9, 2010

The past . . .

I've been turning old slides into electronic photographs while I've been here in Savannah.  It's sort of a double-edged sword, really.  It's so much fun to see these old pictures, but it makes me sort of melancholy going back in my mind to such an innocent time.  I'm glad I'm doing it, though . . .
My older sister and me, sitting on the piano bench.  Wish you could see the floral drapes in the background.  Of course, these pix are completely unretouched--I'll be photoshopping next, so the quality should end up a little better.  Cute picture, though, huh?

This is my older sister, Sue, me, and my brother, John (the oldest).  This picture was taken in about 1955 at Priest Lake, Idaho, where we had a lake place and spent our summers.  Cute picture . . . again.

This one is of me . . . I have no idea where I was or what I was doing. Was I a tomboy, or what? 

After I'm done with all these slides, I'm going to start in on my own family's negatives.  I'm so glad I found this little scanner at Walmart--and find it when I did.  I haven't seen it again and can't find it online either. 

xoxo

What are you reading?

Can't believe I haven't read The Count of Monte Cristo.  I downloaded the audio book and have been listening to it . . . and it's fantastic:  Successful young man on the road to success . . . falsely accused of a crime . . . sent to the dungeons . . . escapes . . . rewards for the good, punishments for the bad.  It's just been a great book.  If you haven't read it, you really should tackle it--you absolutely, positively will.not.be.sorry!!!

The Savannah saga continues . . .

I just feel so super lucky to be able to go to places away from home . . . see other cultures, see where history happened, see different art works.  Savannah has turned out to be a good experience.  And we were able to go to Charleston, SC on Monday, the 5th.  It's just a two-hour drive from Savannah.  Wow . . . that city has really gone the distance to keep the historical integrity intact.  The churches, cemeteries, old houses--just really a lovely place. 










A house on Battery Street--Charleston Bay waterfront.






Lovely courtyard of house on Bay Street



Charleston Bay / Cooper River











Another sweet courtyard in Charleston















And of course, no trip to Charleston would be complete without a look at Ft. Sumter . . . this is where the first gunfire of the Civil War occurred.  Because the island was the subject of artillery for about four years there's little to nothing left of the original fort. 

So today I'm at my local McDonald's--I always get a friendly greeting from the people who work here.  Very sweet people!  And the Internet service is great--so far. 

I'm going to The Gypsy Quilter today to check out their new Gypsy Sit Upon.  These are supposed to be good for bad backs--hope it works!!  I'll check it out and let you all know.

I've been pretty busy--fiber busy, that is!  I continue to work on the Speckled Shrug--will it ever end???

I thought I was really making progress on the 44 inches long instruction . . . eek . . . alas, I had only done 28 inches.  So I have a ways to go.  Sure glad I bought three balls--I just tied on the third ball last night!  I'm using Marble Chunky in a colored called Majesty--purples and navy blues.  Very pretty I think. 

And I've been having a blast with my Spinderellas fiber.  It spins up like a dream--is so soft and yummy!!!  I'm so totally glad I got this.  It's going to make a beautiful jumper (vest) for GrandpaTutu!!  I was originally going to make something for myself, but he totally loves the color, and I know he'll love the fiber (gobs of alpaca in it!!).
















Divine or what?

I also was able to get some gorgeous Colonial from my friend Cindy at Jacob's Reward Farm--and although there were two separate colors (dark eggplant and dark teal), I plied them together, and came out with a totally gorgeous Sock/DK yarn. 















I decided the Baktus Scarf was perfect for this weight, and I wasn't wrong at all!!  I ended up with 438 yards, so I have plenty.  It's going to be gorgeous I think.  (if you aren't a Ravelry member and want this pattern, let me know--I'll post it for you.

I've also got all my Cherry Tree Hill roving spun up . . . the color was Tawny Fawn, and so, so beautiful.  Not sure yet what I'll make with this . . . I'm not inspired to make anything yet, but I'm sure I will be.  I'll let you know.



















So . . . blessings on you all today.  Keep cool, and see you soon!

xoxo